Director, Primary Care Research and Quality Improvement
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Steven Atlas is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director
of Practice-Based Research and Quality Improvement in the Division of General Internal
Medicine Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is also a practicing primary care physician. Dr. Atlas received his MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. He completed trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in general medicine at Harvard Medical School. His work focuses on how health information technology can foster population-based, patient-centered care that decreases disparities and improves the quality and efficiency of care. A key aspect of this work has been to develop methods to better link patients to physicians and practices for quality reporting and improvement activities within primary care networks. As a result of these efforts, he identified local racial and ethnic gaps in care which led to subsequent interest in developing methods to eliminate disparities. He has received federal funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for studies demonstrating the use of a health information technology system to improve population-based preventive cancer screening and chronic disease management.